Yates and Hurley in pursuit of Alps Tour joy as Keunen continues to lead the way in Spain

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Jonathan Yates and Gary Hurley are both in the mix heading into the final round of the Fred Olsen Alps de la Gomera in Canarias, Spain but they will need good rounds to chase down leader Lars Keunen.

The pair are eight-under-par in Spain and in a tie for sixth place after 36 holes, but that is still five shots back of Dutchman Keunen, who takes a three-shot advantage into the final day.

Hurley, already a winner on the Alps Tour this season and chasing another big finish to boost his Order of Merit standing, was particularly impressive as he carded eight birdies and two bogeys in a six-under 65 at Tecina Golf la Gomera.

The West Waterford man had been hanging around the middle of the pack before an incredible finish saw him birdie his last three holes and he will head into the last day eager to add this title to his Alps de Andalucia title last month.

Meanwhile, Naas man Yates had six birdies and just the one bogey in his round of 66 to join Hurley at eight-under and they will now hope that Keunen cracks under the pressure of the third round.

The Netherlands native has been impressive thus far, and he backed up Thursday’s 63 with a five-under 66 in his second round thanks to an eagle, four birdies and a bogey to hold a comfortable lead.

His fellow countryman Koen Kouwenaar was the best player in the second round as he an eagle, eight birdies and two bogeys in a 63 to reach 10-under-par, where he is joined by Italy’s Stefano Mazzoli and French amateur Tom Vaillant.

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